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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717807/vitamin-d-status-and-prevalent-early-age-related-macular-degeneration-in-african-americans-and-caucasians-the-atherosclerosis-risk-in-communities-aric-study
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A E Millen, J Nie, M W Sahli, J A Mares, K J Meyers, B E K Klein, M J LaMonte, P L Lutsey, C A Andrews, R Klein
OBJECTIVES: Vitamin D status has been hypothesized to protect against development of early age-related macular degeneration (AMD) via its anti-inflammatory properties and its possible beneficial influence on blood pressure control. We investigated the association between vitamin D status and prevalent early AMD in a community-based cohort. DESIGN: This was a cross-sectional study. SETTING: This was a secondary data analysis of already existing data from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study (ARIC) cohort collected from 1990 to 1995...
2017: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717533/prevalence-of-erectile-dysfunction-in-men-over-40-years-of-age-in-turkey-results-from-the-turkish-society-of-andrology-male-sexual-health-study-group
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Selahittin Çayan, Muammer Kendirci, Önder Yaman, Ramazan Aşçı, İrfan Orhan, Mustafa Faruk Usta, Oğuz Ekmekçioğlu, Ateş Kadıoğlu
OBJECTIVE: Previous study conducted by the Turkish Society of Andrology in 1999 reported the prevalence of erectile dysfunction (ED) as 69.2% in men of ≥40 years of age, using a single-item non-validated question. This rate seemed to be higher compared to the studies reported worldwide. So, there was a need to carry out another epidemiological study by using validated questionnaires. Our aim was to investigate ED prevalence, severity, and its correlates in men aged ≥40 years using validated tools...
June 2017: Turkish Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717529/daily-variation-in-the-occurrence-of-different-subtypes-of-stroke
#3
Luciana Ripamonti, Roberto Riva, Fabiola Maioli, Corrado Zenesini, Gaetano Procaccianti
Three thousand two hundred and ninety-eight patients admitted to our Stroke Unit with hemorrhagic, large artery atherosclerosis, cardioembolic, small-vessel occlusion, and undetermined etiology-cryptogenic strokes were included in the study. The circadian variability in onset in each stroke subgroup and the associations with various risk factors were analyzed. In each subgroup, a significant minority of patients suffered from stroke during sleep. In the ischemic group, hypercholesterolemia, paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, and previous myocardial infarction facilitated the onset during waking...
2017: Stroke Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716011/association-study-to-evaluate-tfpi-gene-in-cad-in-han-chinese
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Ying Zhao, Yanbo Yu, Maowei Shi, Xi Yang, Xueqi Li, Feng Jiang, Yundai Chen, Xiaoli Tian
BACKGROUND: Tissue factor pathway inhibitor (TFPI) is the main physiological inhibitor of TF-induced blood coagulation process, and may play essential roles in the pathogenesis of major adverse cardiac events. This study was designed to determine whether the variation of TFPI was related with coronary artery disease (CAD) in the Han Chinese populations. METHODS: A total of 1271 patients with coronary atherosclerosis and 1287 normal individuals from northern China were enrolled in the present study...
July 17, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715063/peripehral-artery-atherosclerotic-disease-and-sleep-disordered-breathing-paradise-trial-protocol-for-an-observational-cohort-study
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Filip M Szymański, Zbigniew Gałązka, Anna E Płatek, Dariusz Górko, Tomasz Ostrowski, Karolina Adamkiewicz, Paweł Łęgosz, Anna Ryś, Karolina Semczuk, Krzysztof Celejewski, Krzysztof J Filipiak
BACKGROUND: Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is in fact a group of disease entities with different symptoms and course but a common underlying cause that is atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is known to be aggravated by several cardiovascular risk factors, including obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). AIM: Following paper is a protocol for Peripehral ARtery Atherosclerotic DIsease and SlEep disordered breathing (PARADISE) trial, which aims to describe the prevalence of OSA in PAD patients scheduled for revascularization and to determine the effect of OSA on the procedure outcomes...
July 17, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713881/drug-delivery-and-nanoformulations-for-the-cardiovascular-system
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W J Geldenhuys, M T Khayat, J Yun, M A Nayeem
Therapeutic delivery to the cardiovascular system may play an important role in the successful treatment of a variety of disease state, including atherosclerosis, ischemic-reperfusion injury and other types of microvascular diseases including hypertension. In this review we evaluate the different options available for the development of suitable delivery systems that include the delivery of small organic compounds [adenosin A2A receptor agonist (CGS 21680), CYP-epoxygenases inhibitor (N-(methylsulfonyl)-2-(2-propynyloxy)-benzenehexanamide, trans-4-[4-(3-adamantan-1-ylureido)cyclohexyloxy] benzoic acid), soluble epoxide hydrolase inhibitor (N-methylsulfonyl-12,12-dibromododec-11-enamide), PPARγ agonist (rosiglitazone) and PPARγ antagonist (T0070907)], nanoparticles, peptides, and siRNA to the cardiovascular system...
February 2017: Res Rev Drug Deliv
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711962/the-relation-between-hemoglobin-variability-and-carotid-intima-media-thickness-in-chronic-hemodialysis-patients
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Safa Ersen Ganidagli, Orcun Altunoren, Ertuğrul Erken, Ismet Onder Isık, Berivan Ganidagli, Necmi Eren, Yasemin Coskun Yavuz, Ozkan Gungor
PURPOSE: Hemoglobin variability is a common problem among hemodialysis patients. We have previously demonstrated an association between Hb variability and left ventricular mass index. In this study, we investigated a possible relation between Hb variability and carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT). METHODS: Twelve-month hemoglobin (Hb) values of 135 patients on maintenance hemodialysis were examined retrospectively. The range of 11-12 gr/dl was accepted as normal according to the KDOQI guidelines...
July 15, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709820/sex-dependent-difference-in-the-relationship-between-adipose-tissue-cholesterol-efflux-and-estradiol-concentrations-in-young-healthy-humans
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REVIEW
Fatima Iqbal, William J Durham, Ayyash Melhem, Saleem Raslan, Tony T Tran, Traver J Wright, Rabia Asghar, Ken Fujise, Elena Volpi, Labros Sidossis, Nicola Abate, Melinda Sheffield-Moore, Demidmaa Tuvdendorj
BACKGROUND: Impaired adipose tissue function and lower levels of high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) have been implicated in the development of vascular dementia, and metabolic diseases such as hypertension, atherosclerosis, type 2 diabetes (T2D) and metabolic syndrome. Interestingly, both the substrate fluxes in adipose tissue and HDL-C concentration differ between men and women. Moreover, adipose tissue cholesterol efflux has been implicated in modulation of HDL-C levels. Thus, we aimed to determine if the association between serum estradiol levels and adipose tissue cholesterol efflux is sex-dependent...
July 11, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705796/tracking-adventitial-fibroblast-contribution-to-disease-a-review-of-current-methods-to-identify-resident-fibroblasts
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REVIEW
Jill T Kuwabara, Michelle D Tallquist
Cells present in the adventitia, or outermost layer of the blood vessel, contribute to the progression of vascular diseases, such as atherosclerosis, hypertension, and aortic dissection. The adventitial fibroblast of the aorta is the prototypic perivascular fibroblast, but the adventitia is composed of multiple distinct cell populations. Therefore, methods for uniquely identifying the fibroblast are critical for a better understanding of how these cells contribute to disease processes. A popular method for distinguishing adventitial cell types relies on the use of genetic tools in the mouse to trace and manipulate these cells...
July 13, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705310/subclinical-atherosclerosis-burden-by-3d%C3%A2-ultrasound-in-mid-life-the-pesa-study
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Beatriz López-Melgar, Leticia Fernández-Friera, Belén Oliva, José Manuel García-Ruiz, José Luis Peñalvo, Sandra Gómez-Talavera, Javier Sánchez-González, José María Mendiguren, Borja Ibáñez, Antonio Fernández-Ortiz, Javier Sanz, Valentín Fuster
BACKGROUND: Detection of subclinical atherosclerosis improves risk prediction beyond cardiovascular risk factors (CVRFs) and risk scores, but quantification of plaque burden may improve it further. Novel 3-dimensional vascular ultrasound (3DVUS) provides accurate volumetric quantification of plaque burden. OBJECTIVES: The authors evaluated associations between 3DVUS-based plaque burden and CVRFs and explored potential added value over simple plaque detection. METHODS: The authors included 3,860 (92...
July 18, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702271/risk-factors-and-etiology-of-young-ischemic-stroke-patients-in-estonia
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Siim Schneider, Alina Kornejeva, Riina Vibo, Janika Kõrv
OBJECTIVES: Reports on young patients with ischemic stroke from Eastern Europe have been scarce. This study aimed to assess risk factors and etiology of first-ever and recurrent stroke among young Estonian patients. METHODS: We performed a retrospective study of consecutive ischemic stroke patients aged 18-54 years who were treated in our two hospitals from 2003 to 2012. RESULTS: We identified 741 patients with first-ever stroke and 96 patients with recurrent stroke...
2017: Stroke Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701668/effects-of-smoking-on-ischemic-stroke-intracranial-hemorrhage-and-coronary-artery-events-in-japanese-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation
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Shinya Suzuki, Takayuki Otsuka, Koichi Sagara, Hiroaki Semba, Hiroto Kano, Shunsuke Matsuno, Hideaki Takai, Yuko Kato, Tokuhisa Uejima, Yuji Oikawa, Kazuyuki Nagashima, Hajime Kirigaya, Junji Yajima, Takashi Kunihara, Hitoshi Sawada, Tadanori Aizawa, Takeshi Yamashita
The effects of smoking on the prognosis of non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) patients are unclear.The Shinken Database 2004-11 (n = 17,517) includes all new patients visiting the Cardiovascular Institute between June 2004 and March 2012. Among these cases, 2,102 NVAF patients were identified. The effects of smoking on ischemic stroke (IS), intracranial hemorrhage (ICH), and coronary artery events including percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and acute coronary syndrome (ACS) were analyzed. Smokers were younger and had lower risk profiles compared with non-smokers...
July 13, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701355/mir-4632-mediates-pdgfbb-induced-proliferation-and-anti-apoptosis-of-human-pulmonary-artery-smooth-muscle-cells-via-targeting-cjun
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Zhengjiang Qian, Yanjiao Li, Jidong Chen, Xiang Li, Deming Gou
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) can regulate proliferative status of pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (PASMCs), which is a core factor modulating pulmonary vascular remodeling diseases, such as atherosclerosis and pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Our previous work has shown that miR-4632, a rarely reported miRNA, is significantly downregulated in Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF)BB-stimulated human pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (HPASMCs), yet its cell function and the underlying molecular mechanisms remain to be elucidated...
July 12, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700893/coronary-microvascular-disease-as-an-early-culprit-in-the-pathophysiology-of-diabetes-and-metabolic-syndrome
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REVIEW
Hicham Labazi, Aaron J Trask
Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a group of cardio-metabolic risk factors that includes obesity, insulin resistance, hypertension, and dyslipidemia; these are also a combination of independent coronary artery disease (CAD) risk factors. Alarmingly, the prevalence of MetS risk factors are increasing and a leading cause for mortality. In the vasculature, complications from MetS and type 2 diabetes (T2D) can be divided into microvascular (retinopathy and nephropathy) and macrovascular (cardiovascular diseases and erectile dysfunction)...
July 9, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700596/methods-to-estimate-underlying-blood-pressure-the-atherosclerosis-risk-in-communities-aric-study
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Poojitha Balakrishnan, Terri Beaty, J Hunter Young, Elizabeth Colantuoni, Kunihiro Matsushita
Antihypertensive medications complicate studies of blood pressure (BP) natural history; BP if untreated ("underlying BP") needs to be estimated. Our objectives were to compare validity of five missing data imputation methods to estimate underlying BP and longitudinal associations of underlying BP and age. We simulated BP treatment in untreated hypertensive participants from Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) in visits 1-5 (1987-2013) using matched treated hypertensive participants. The underlying BP was imputed: #1, set as missing; #2, add 10 mmHg for systolic, 5 mmHg for diastolic; #3, add medication class-specific constant; #4, truncated normal regression; and #5, truncated normal regression including prior visit data...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700145/simultaneous-measurements-of-lymphatic-vessel-contraction-flow-and-valve-dynamics-in-multiple-lymphangions-using-optical-coherence-tomography
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Cedric Blatter, Eelco F J Meijer, Timothy P Padera, Benjamin J Vakoc
Lymphatic dysfunction is involved in many diseases including lymphedema, hypertension, autoimmune responses, graft rejection, atherosclerosis, microbial infections, cancer and cancer metastasis. Expanding our knowledge of lymphatic system function can lead to a better understanding of these disease processes and improve treatment options. Here, optical coherence tomography (OCT) methods were used to reveal intraluminal valve dynamics in 3D, and measure lymph flow and vessel contraction simultaneously in three neighboring lymphangions of the afferent collecting lymphatic vessels to the popliteal lymph node in mice...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699112/brain-under-stress-and-alzheimer-s-disease
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REVIEW
Boris Mravec, Lubica Horvathova, Alexandra Padova
Modern society is characterized by the ubiquity of stressors that affect every individual to different extents. Furthermore, experimental, clinical, and epidemiological data have shown that chronic activation of the stress response may participate in the development of various somatic as well as neuropsychiatric diseases. Surprisingly, the role that stress plays in the etiopathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) has not yet been studied in detail and is therefore not well understood. However, accumulated data have shown that neuroendocrine and behavioral changes accompanying the stress response affect neuronal homeostasis and compromise several key neuronal processes...
July 11, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696134/arterial-stiffness-is-associated-to-cardiorespiratory-fitness-and-body-mass-index-in-young-swedish-adults-the-lifestyle-biomarkers-and-atherosclerosis-study
#18
Ulrika Fernberg, Maria Fernström, Anita Hurtig-Wennlöf
Background Early changes in the large muscular arteries are already associated with risk factors as hypertension and obesity in adolescence and young adulthood. The present study examines the association between arterial stiffness measurements, pulse wave velocity and augmentation index and lifestyle-related factors, body composition and cardiorespiratory fitness, in young, healthy, Swedish adults. Design This study used a population-based cross-sectional sample. Methods The 834 participants in the study were self-reported healthy, non-smoking, age 18-25 years...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695435/evaluation-of-development-of-subclinical-atherosclerosis-in-children-with-uveitis
#19
Seçil Conkar, Suzan Güven Yılmaz, İlker Özgür Koska, Afig Berdeli, Sevgi Mir
Uveitis is a chronic inflammatory disease. Chronic inflammation has been shown to have a role in pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is the most important risk factor of cardiovascular diseases and is shown to start as early as childhood. In this study, we investigated the presence of subclinical atherosclerosis in children with uveitis. Seventy five patients who were diagnosed as having uveitis in ophthalmology and pediatric rheumatology clinics were included in the study. Patients with hypertension, obesity, dyslipidemia, diabetes, and with history of early cardiovascular disease were excluded...
July 10, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690284/association-between-waist-to-height-ratio-and-endothelial-dysfunction-in-patients-with-morbidity%C3%A3-a-report-from-the-fmd-j-study
#20
Akihiro Tokushige, Shinichiro Ueda, Hirofumi Tomiyama, Mituru Ohishi, Takahide Kohro, Yukihito Higashi, Bonpei Takase, Toru Suzuki, Tomoko Ishizu, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Tomoo Furumoto, Kazuomi Kario, Teruo Inoue, Shinji Koba, Yasuhiko Takemoto, Takuzo Hano, Masataka Sata, Yutaka Ishibashi, Koichi Node, Koji Maemura, Yusuke Ohya, Taiji Furukawa, Hiroshi Ito, Akira Yamashina
BACKGROUND: Waist circumference (WC), waist-to-height ratio (WHtR) and body mass index (BMI) are known as easy anthropometric markers of abnormal obesity and screening tools for predicting cardiovascular outcomes, but which indices are best is unclear. We therefore investigated the superiority and association between each index and low flow-mediated dilatation (FMD) as a surrogate marker for cardiovascular outcomes in patients with morbidity in a large Japanese prospective cohort.Methods and Results:A total of 1,645 Japanese patients who had coronary artery disease and hypertension or diabetes mellitus were enrolled, and 1,087 of them were analyzed...
July 7, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
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